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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This hearty American pale ale contains a rich blend of spices that warms the soul on a cold winter’s night. Chill the mug, stoke the fire, and savor this quality seasonal brew. Available only during the Winter season, thusly, our featured beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2010
A good winter ale. Light cinnamon and orange spice. Well balanced and not overly sweet. Medium bodied and malty. Light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (3138) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
12 oz. bottle poured to a 1/2 pint glass, maybe sampled down the road from it’s prime, but worth a try. Presented a hazed, orange/amber hue, with an average amount of off white, bubbly head foam that left some clingy, ribbons and spots. The aroma was mid-fruit, light sweet bread, a hint of caramel, and an array of spices as all of the pumpkin ale spices, plus hints of coriander and allspice. The flavor was a pleasant, more subdued commingling of the spices and a fairly good balance of light hop bitterness and malt, in a lighter than medium body. Not bad, considering the length of cellar time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Slightly hazy amber coloured body with a light copper/orangish glow and a thin off-white head. Aroma of spices, nutmeg, malt, nuts, coriander seed, meat and mushrooms and a touch of caramel. Medium-bodied; Assertive spicey flavour with some peat and metal in front of a malty and caramel finish - not much else. Aftertaste shows some spices, nuts and a rather lightish alcohol bite. Overall, a decent beer - the spices kind of work with a lighter beer, but not all the way - need more of a complex profile to pull this off. Decent, but definitely not my favourite winter beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 2-May-2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Pours a slightly brown golden with a thin white head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Flavor is sweet, clove, cinnamon, and a bit of bitterness toward the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5253) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2010
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-amber color, nice frothy head. Big cinnamon-clove aroma. Pretty interesting in that it blends the think spiciness with a lighter, sessionable malt body. Not at all unlike a pumpkin beer, this is unapologetic in it’s overboard spicing. I can appreciate a unique winter beer, and this is certainly unique. Captures an almost creamy Belgian Golden Ale combined with the spicy characteristics of an American Pumpkin Ale. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finhead (1432) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
A cloudy reddish-orange pour with a small white head. The aroma is spicy with ginger, clove, and banana. The taste is mixture of light sweet and sour with dry, funky aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours an orange gold color with a thin white head. Cinnamon spice aroma is pleasing but not too heavy. Flavor is a bit thin and watery, with a little bit of the cinnamon and spice up front and a more citrusy finish. An ok beer but a bit light on flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Well what we have here is more liquid potpouri. Way to much spice and cinnamon. I will pass on these next year, yuck.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NachlamSie (3060) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle from Hop City. Oh boy. This is seriously spiced and candy-liked. Loads of cinnamon assault my nose with hard candies. You know all those "pumpkin" ales I hate because they taste like cinnamon candies? This is pretty much like that. I guess someone has found a way to keep the ridiculous cinnamon bombs past the fall and into the winter. The flavor is laughable. This is like liquid Fireballs. A few sips into it I think I realize some wimpy hop presence. bah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2010
12 oz – The Wine Source. Clear gold, creamy white head. Soft toasted cinnamon-clove aromas warm to lighter earthed-nutmeg blend. Delicate spice flavors rest on a soft foundation of nutty earth and malt. Light bodied, fluffy carbonation, dry spiced finish. Decent, but far from special…

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